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Give Your Body a Boost with Blueberries

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Fresh Blueberry Chicken Salad with Almonds
Blueberry Green Tea Fusion
Fresh Blueberry Green Tea Smoothie

(Family Features) You may have heard the saying that if you take good care of your body, it will take good care of you. Well, taking care of your body is a lot easier when you can enjoy delicious and healthy fresh fruits, such as blueberries.

Blueberries are considered a superfood by leading nutrition and medical experts, and are a recommended diet staple for health, skin care and longevity. Here are just a few of the benefits of this little blue dynamo:

  • A half-cup of blueberries packs plenty of fiber, vitamin C, potassium and antioxidants into only 40 sweet calories.

  • Blueberries contain more disease-fighting antioxidants than red wine or green tea.

  • Half a cup of blueberries a day may help improve brain function.

  • Some scientific evidence suggests that blueberries may be beneficial for the skin. New skin care treatments include blueberry extracts to help revitalize the skin and hasten healing.

  • Blueberries provide the same bacteria fighters as cranberries to help guard against urinary tract infections.

You can enjoy fresh blueberries all year thanks to blueberries from Chile, where it's summer during our winter time.

Do your body a favor and treat yourself to something that is as good as it is good for you, like this salad and refreshing smoothie. For more great recipes for blueberries and other fresh fruits from Chile, visit www.chileanfruitonline.com.

Fresh Blueberry Chicken Salad with Almonds

Ingredients
  • 2 whole cooked chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup red onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup minced green onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup fresh Chilean blueberries
  • 1/2 cup low fat mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup sweet mustard
  • 1/4 cup toasted almonds

Preparation
    1. Dice chicken breasts and place in mixing bowl. Sprinkle red onion with rice vinegar; toss into bowl.
    2. Add green onion, parsley, cranberries and blueberries; fold gently to mix.
    3. In small mixing bowl, add mayonnaise, yogurt and sweet mustard. Blend well; fold dressing into salad. Garnish with toasted almonds.

Calories: 322g     Total Fat: 13g
Cholesterol: 66mg     Protein: 22g
Carbohydrates:     Sodium: 255mg

Serves
6

Notes, Tips & Suggestions
Recipe may be doubled for 8 to 12 servings

Blueberry Green Tea Fusion

Ingredients
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup fresh Chilean blueberries
  • 2 green tea bags
  • Honey or agave to taste

Preparation
    1. Bring water to a boil. Add fresh Chilean blueberries. Boil 5 minutes; strain. Add 2 green tea bags and steep 3 to 5 minutes. Add honey or agave to sweeten. Drink hot or pour over ice.

Calories: 11g     Total Fat:
Cholesterol:     Protein:
Carbohydrates:     Sodium:

Fresh Blueberry Green Tea Smoothie

Ingredients
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 3/4 cup fresh Chilean blueberries
  • Zest of one orange
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 1 cup Blueberry Green Tea Fusion

Preparation
    1. Blend well and top with a twist of orange peel or a sprig of mint.

Calories:     Total Fat:
Cholesterol:     Protein: 4g
Carbohydrates:     Sodium: 42mg

SOURCE: Chilean Fresh Fruit Association


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